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A Life among the Econ, Particularly at UCLA


  • William R. Allen


Scholars collected into a group within a university department pollinate one another and sometimes come jointly to project a certain flavor or brand of scholarship, often led by minds of singular vision and originality. A notable case of such emergence sprang from the department of economics at UCLA, starting in the 1950s, peaking in the 1960s, plateauing through much of the 1970s, in decline by the 1980s, and largely receded by the end of the 1990s. Over the decades the “core” of UCLA economics involved perhaps a dozen pre-eminent economists, but most importantly Armen Alchian. I joined the department in 1952 and spent nearly all my years since at UCLA. In this memoir I draw unreservedly on personal experience in telling of the people and events behind the emergence and eventual receding of UCLA economics.

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  • William R. Allen, 2010. "A Life among the Econ, Particularly at UCLA," Econ Journal Watch, Econ Journal Watch, vol. 7(3), pages 205-234, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:ejw:journl:v:7:y:2010:i:3:p:205-234

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    1. Gauti B. Eggertsson, 2008. "Great Expectations and the End of the Depression," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 98(4), pages 1476-1516, September.
    2. Gauti B. Eggertsson & Benjamin Pugsley, 2006. "The Mistake of 1937: A General Equilibrium Analysis," Monetary and Economic Studies, Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies, Bank of Japan, vol. 24(S1), pages 151-190, December.
    3. Gauti B. Eggertsson, 2012. "Was the New Deal Contractionary?," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 102(1), pages 524-555, February.
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    UCLA; Armen Alchian; William R. Allen.;

    JEL classification:

    • A1 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics
    • B2 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925
    • B3 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals


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